Saturday, February 19, 2011

Edmonton dog lovers want beefed animal cruelty laws

By Peter Haight, iNews 880

Dog lovers in Edmonton want to see more teeth in animal cruelty laws.

The call comes after nearly 100 dogs were destroyed in Whistler's dog sled industry last year. On Saturday, Michelle Poitras passed around a petition at the Legislature calling for harsher penalties.

She says there was an incident in Vancouver that she thinks warrants tougher rules.

"It was a little pitbull puppy and he was abused and ended up being killed and the guy pretty much got away with it," explains Poitras. "I think all he ended getting was a fine for it and this poor dog was just tortured."

Poitras wants to see harsher sentences.

"These animals are living things, they shouldn't be treated like this. We're definitely trying to get harsher sentences in so that doesn't happen again so people don't do this to animals and know they're living beings too."

Poitras hopes a private member's bill, which is before the House of Commons, is passed. If MPs support it, anyone convicted of killing an animal without lawful excuse could face up to 5 years in jail.

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